The Aurseize

End Of Part Seven: Mandrakes

Two Weeks Later

Clouds had gathered and a low rumble of thunder was heard a few miles away. Jade frowned as she walked down the grassy lawn, towards Harry's headquarters. Showers of rain fell on cue and Jade, who was only wearing jeans and a faded red T-shirt, became soaked from head to toe. She sloshed through the grass, towards the gates and waved at the camera. The gates opened and Jade walked in, shaking herself off from the rain. She walked towards the elevator and waited as she wrung out her hair and clothes. Today didn't start out so great. Draco woke up with a migraine, leaving him moody for the entire day and the neighborhood parents came complaining to Jade about Sage teaching the kids pranks to pull.

The elevator doors opened and Jade stepped inside, pulling out the key that Harry had given her before he left to Romania. She placed the key in above the 7th floor and turned it, seeing the elevator doors close and zoom up towards the 8th. Once she got out of the elevators, Jade went to walk towards Harry's apartment but ended up slipping on her rain boots. She knocked over the plant and the soil and roots fell all over her, leaving it to be one of her worst days.

The door opened and Jade saw Harry standing over her with a grin plastered on his face.

"Just when you think you couldn't fall any deeper in love." He said. Jade sputtered, trying to get the dirt out of her mouth.

"Ew! There's dirt all over my face!" Jade said, wiping herself off.

"You looked like a drowned cat from surveillance…now you just look like a mandrake." He said, helping her up. He was wearing a casual olive knit sweater with a bandage patch on his neck. He looked much more relaxed, but that didn't stop Jade from melting into a pile of hot mess whenever she saw him.

"That is absolutely not nice. I came to see how you were." Jade said, brushing off dirt from her belly. She looked up at Harry whose gaze had softened. He brushed the dirt from her forehead and placed a small kiss on it.

Jade washed up in Harry's bathroom, changing into one of Harry's black shirts and boxers. Harry had given Hannah Jade's clothes to wash and dry and requested dinner. Jade walked out of the bathroom to see Harry sitting next to his dining table, reading over a couple of papers. He looked up and pointed to a chair and Jade took a seat.

"It's over…everything's back to normal again." Harry said seeing Jade shake her head.

"I wouldn't say that. Right after one bizarre thing is over, something even worse comes up." Jade said.

Harry took her hand and grinned.

"And so the saga continues." He said, kissing her hand. He pulled her out of the chair and on his lap. Jade smiled at him and traced the patch on his neck with her thumb.

"Take it out; I was supposed to recover completely today." He said.

Jade gently pulled the tape and gauze off to see a white smooth scar. The memory of Harry being shot there was seared into Jade's mind and ever since that day, there hadn't been one night where she slept peacefully from the nightmares. She swallowed hard, trying to strangle all of her emotions. Harry placed his hand under her chin and lifted her head up to meet her eyes.

"I'm glad he's dead." Jade said in a shaky voice. She hiccupped and Harry hugged her tightly as she broke down, covering her face with her hands. "I froze. I didn't know what to do!"

Harry shook his head and pulled her in for a kiss. Jade wrapped her arms around him as he got up and carried her on top of the table. He broke off the kiss and focused in on her eyes.

"None of this was your fault. I don't hold you responsible at all for what happened." He said. He brushed off her tears, placing his hands next to her hips on the table. "You never wanted any of this to happen. I'm happy to be alive Jade. I'm happy to see you alive. That's it." He said.

Jade stared at him, seeing him stare back. This was another face of Harry Potter. She had never seen these raw emotions from him. Every time she saw him, he looked calm, unfazed and cool. Right now, it looked like someone ripped his heart out and starting running around in circles in front of him. Harry kissed her again and picked up a plate of Hannah's chocolate soufflé with chocolate sauce drizzled all over it.

"Cake!" Jade gasped.

Harry scooped off a piece from the plate and fed her.

"If you weren't pregnant, I would have treated you to something better than chocolate soufflé." he said.

Jade gulped, as Harry cut into the warm dessert. He touched the fork against her lips, his eyes dilating quickly. There was a small smirk on his lips and Jade ate from the fork quickly, feeling herself break out into a sweat.

"I can still move around you know." Jade said, seeing Harry's eyebrows gently pull together.

"Didn't your father ever tell you not to play with fire?" he asked, setting the plate down. Jade gave Harry a small smile and kissed his cheek.

"I know this fire wouldn't be able to hurt me." She said.

Harry was quiet, watching Jade as she scooped up a forkful of cake.

"Your turn!" Jade said, her hand starting to shake.

Harry's eyes flickered towards her hand and he let out a small sigh and left, shaking his head.

"It's not my fault! I'm telling you, it's a problem!" Jade said, hastily eating the cake.


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